FIBA Announces Spain Will Host 2014 FIBA World Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo. - May 23, 2009
Spain has won the right to stage the 2014 FIBA World Championship, FIBA representatives announced today. In a hotly contested race with Italy and China, Spain prevailed after a vote by the FIBA Central Board in Geneva.
Spanish Basketball Federation president Jose Luis Saez paid tribute to the federations of China and Italy.
'They put forward fantastic projects that were viable in amazing countries,' Saez said.
'Of course, there could only be one winner. It was us this time. But any of the countries could have done a fantastic job. I want to thank them for their competition, but above all, we became friends. We shouldn't forget what they have done. Let us continue to work together. This teamwork is worth a lot.'
Games will be played in Madrid, Bilbao, Granada, Las Palmas and Seville.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann said: 'Your bid is a promise to further develop basketball in your country and the world.
'This is a great moment for FIBA and the entire membership of our organization.
'Our vision is clear. We want to move on, to have a unique experience for everyone.'
Nine countries initially wanted to stage the 2014 FIBA World Championship but only China, Italy and Spain stayed in the race.
The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be held in Turkey next year.